Newbery Medal and Honor Books

Each January, the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, awards the Newbery Medal to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. The author must be a citizen or resident of the United States, and the book can be fiction, nonfiction, or poetry published in English by a U.S. publisher during the preceding year. Newbery Honor awards are given to authors of other distinguished children's books that came out that year. Check out our list of recent Newbery-winning books, with the 2018 winners listed first. And be sure to check out our list of Caldecott Medal and Honor Books.

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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut Book Poster Image
Joyful, foot-tapping celebration of fresh haircut, culture.
By Derrick Barnes
(2018)
(2017)
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Hello, Universe Book Poster Image
Charming tale of friendship, courage, and self-acceptance.
By Erin Entrada Kelly
(2017)
(2017)
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Long Way Down Book Poster Image
Gripping, unnerving story of teen boy contemplating revenge.
By Jason Reynolds
(2017)
(2017)
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Piecing Me Together Book Poster Image
Powerful, insightful tale of self-awareness, power of art.
By Renee Watson
(2017)
(2017)
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The Girl Who Drank the Moon Book Poster Image
Entrancing fantasy spun with magic stresses power of love.
By Kelly Barnhill
(2016)
(2016)
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Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan Book Poster Image
Document inspires vivid, moving portraits of slaves' lives.
By Ashley Bryan
(2016)
(2016)
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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog Book Poster Image
Poignant, funny medieval tale skewers ignorance, bigotry.
By Adam Gidwitz
(2016)
(2016)
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Wolf Hollow Book Poster Image
Tween's search for justice is intense and beautiful.
By Lauren Wolk
(2016)
(2016)
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Last Stop on Market Street Book Poster Image
Tender story of Nana showing grandson city beauty via bus.
By Matt de la Peña
(2015)
(2015)
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The War That Saved My Life Book Poster Image
Abused girl finds courage, family in compelling WWII story.
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
(2015)
(2015)
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Roller Girl Book Poster Image
With girl power galore, graphic novel is great for tweens.
By Victoria Jamieson
(2015)
(2015)
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Echo Book Poster Image
Tales of injustice masterfully blend with a dash of magic.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
(2015)
(2015)
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Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night Book Poster Image
Award-winning poetry book is both scientific and magical.
By Joyce Sidman
(2011)
(2010)
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Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Book Poster Image
Funny, poignant tale of cynical girl, superpowered squirrel.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2013)
(2013)
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The One and Only Ivan Book Poster Image
Heartwarming story of a heroic, artistic, captive gorilla.
By Katherine Applegate
(2012)
(2012)
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The Year of Billy Miller Book Poster Image
Warm, funny story of a year in the life of a second grader.
By Kevin Henkes
(2013)
(2013)
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The Crossover Book Poster Image
Soaring, poignant, novel in verse hits all the right spots.
By Kwame Alexander
(2014)
(2014)
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El Deafo Book Poster Image
Charming, funny comics memoir of growing up deaf.
By Cece Bell
(2014)
(2014)
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The Graveyard Book Book Poster Image
Tale of boy raised by ghosts is both creepy and warmhearted.
By Neil Gaiman
(2008)
(2008)
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Savvy Book Poster Image
Newbery Honor Book is moving and thought-provoking.
By Ingrid Law
(2009)
(2008)
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When You Reach Me Book Poster Image
Perfectly voiced, mysterious sci-fi coming-of-age tale.
By Rebecca Stead
(2009)
(2009)
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Brown Girl Dreaming Book Poster Image
Captivating poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
(2014)
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Criss Cross Book Poster Image
Lyrical tale of small-town teens in a '60s summer.
By Lynne Rae Perkins
(2006)
(2006)
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Dead End in Norvelt Book Poster Image
Charming story of a small-town boy's unlikely adventures.
By Jack Gantos
(2011)
(2011)
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Doll Bones Book Poster Image
Tween tale is both creepy and sweetly poignant.
By Holly Black
(2013)
(2013)
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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate Book Poster Image
Newbery Honor book about a smart Southern tomboy in 1899.
By Jacqueline Kelly
(2010)
(2009)
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Heart of a Samurai Book Poster Image
Fish-out-of-water adventure swimming with historical detail.
By Margi Preus
(2011)
(2010)
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Inside Out and Back Again Book Poster Image
Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.
By Thanhha Lai
(2011)
(2011)
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Moon Over Manifest Book Poster Image
Girl finds meaning of home in nostalgic, robust tale.
By Clare Vanderpool
(2011)
(2010)
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The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg Book Poster Image
Sometimes funny Civil War tall tale reveals horrors of war.
By Rodman Philbrick
(2009)
(2009)
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Three Times Lucky Book Poster Image
Funny mystery with spunky girl touches on serious themes.
By Sheila Turnage
(2012)
(2012)
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Turtle in Paradise Book Poster Image
Depression-era story teaches history, meaning of family.
By Jennifer Holm
(2011)
(2010)
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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Book Poster Image
Chinese girl's Oz-like adventure begging to be read aloud.
By Grace Lin
(2010)
(2009)
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After Tupac and D Foster Book Poster Image
Powerful coming-of-age tale of tween girls bonded by music.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2008)
(2008)
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One Crazy Summer Book Poster Image
A gem, with strong girl characters, '60s black history.
By Rita Williams-Garcia
(2010)
(2010)
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Splendors and Glooms Book Poster Image
Dark, magical, Dickensian page-turner for tweens.
By Laura Amy Schlitz
(2012)
(2012)
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The Underneath Book Poster Image
Gripping story is loving, lyrical, but has brutal violence.
By Kathi Appelt
(2008)
(2008)
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Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon Book Poster Image
Complex, suspenseful story of developing The Bomb.
By Steve Sheinkin
(2013)
(2012)
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Breaking Stalin's Nose Book Poster Image
Newbery Honor-winning tale of growing up in Stalinist USSR.
By Eugene Yelchin
(2012)
(2011)
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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice Book Poster Image
Dramatic story of forgotten teen civil rights hero.
By Phillip M. Hoose
(2009)
(2009)
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